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A trauma-informed approach to difficult course material: Part 1

Published March 17, 2020 by Julia Lane
Red dress displays like the one photographed here have become powerful symbols of the genocide of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada

How do we take care of ourselves when we are introduced to difficult material in class? This is a question that SLC EAL Peer Ashley K. asked herself as she embarked on . her learning journey in HIST 436, which focuses on a close reading of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

As part of her work to answer this question, she sat down to interview the course's instructor, Dr. Elise Chenier. This two-part blog series begins with a transcript of that interview. Here is a powerful idea that emerged from their discussion, 

"my main goals is not just know the breadth and depth of the problem intellectually, but to know it in their bodies. In my opinion, when you know it in your body, then it changes you, but to know it intellectually, you can still hold that at a distance and you don't necessarily see why you should change anything about the way you do anything" (Dr. Elise Chenier). 

In part two of this series, Ashley K. shares some self-care tips that she learned through a workshop offered by Jennifer-Lee Koble and Jennifer Dehoney during the class. 

Take care of yourselves. If you are in need of support, please reach out. A particularly good resource for accessing immediate support is My SSP

How they raised Their GPAs

Published February 7, 2020 by Julia Lane
Panelists at the inaugural "How I Raised My GPA" event. From left, Rayhaan Khan, Anastasia Kosteckyj, Shay Hayashi, Olan Sun, Jennifer Chou, and Ehsan Tehran.

SLC Learning Services Coordinator Ruth Silverman shares notes from the recent session "How I Raised My GPA." The event was wildly popular and invited current students to listen to their peers' stories about raising their GPAs. Stay tuned for the next iteration of this event, coming soon! 

Welcome to the Spring Semester! A few housekeeping reminders...

Published January 7, 2020 by Julia Lane
It's that time of year again... check out our friendly housekeeping items to get started on the right foot!

By Daniel Chang

PhD candidate and SLC Writing Consultant Daniel Chang welcomes you to the Spring 2020 semester and offers some important reminders for how to get the most out of this term.

Speaking between two cultures: An interview

Published November 26, 2019 by Julia Lane
Conversation Partners in conversation about language, learning, and SFU.

The SLC Conversation Partners Program pairs EAL students with volunteer peers. Conversation partners then meet on a weekly basis throughout the semester.

In this blog post, SLC Peer Bessie W. interviews two of her conversation partners to hear their unique perspectives on the program and their experiences at SFU. 

Conversation Partners

Published September 10, 2019 by Julia Lane
Join the SLC Conversation Partners 2019 cohort

Are you a multilingual student who would like to improve your English conversation skills in a one-to-one setting with a student volunteer?

The Conversation Partners Program is for English as an Additional Language (EAL) undergraduate and graduate Simon Fraser University students who wish to be paired with a student volunteer to practice and improve their conversational English in a friendly, supportive environment.

The Conversation Partners Program is accepting registrations for the Fall 2019 semester. Only a few spots still remain, so register today to secure your spot!

Writing anxiety

Published June 25, 2019 by Julia Lane
Writing anxiety... it's NOT just you!

Feeling anxious about writing your term papers this semester? You aren't alone! In fact, writing anxiety is experienced by writers across all genres and all stages of writing experience. This blog post explores the topic of writing anxiety and provides some practical suggestions for how to address the anxiety you may be experiencing. 

Note: this post focuses on "every day" writing anxiety and not clinical anxiety. If your anxiety is unmanageable, please get support from SFU Health and Counselling or from another health care professional. Your well-being matters! 

Join the Student Learning Commons Team!

Published April 18, 2019 by Julia Lane

The Student Learning Commons is scouting out new talent for our Writing and Learning Peer and English as Additional Language Peer programs. 

Both positions will allow you to develop transferable skills in the areas of client service, interpersonal skills, giving effective feedback, and cross-cultural communication, and will give you access to a professional reference as well as a private study/social space in the library.

We hope you will join our team! Apply now through http://myinvolvement.sfu.ca

Welcome Guest Blogger Eric Cai!

Published December 21, 2018 by Julia Lane
In Common welcomes former SLC Peer Eric Cai as a guest blogger

In Common welcomes former SLC Peer Eric Cai as a guest blogger. In his posts, he will focus on study and communication skills for students in math and science. Learn more about Eric in the following email interview.

The Fall Semester - midterm housekeeping reminders

Published November 13, 2018 by Julia Lane
Head stuck in your books? Nose to the grindstone? The SLC is here to help!

By Daniel Chang

PhD candidate and SLC Graduate Writing Facilitator Daniel Chang offers some important reminders and tips to help take you through the end of the Fall 2018 academic term. 

The Student Learning Commons: A client perspective

Published October 2, 2018 by Julia Lane
Ghezal and Mariam chatting in the SLC consultation space in the Bennett Library

This post features an interview between Mariam, a Learning and Writing Peer with the Student Learning Commons, and Ghezal, a student in Criminology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and an SLC client.

In this interview, Ghezal talks about her tips for busy students and shares her perspective on using the Student Learning Commons as an academic resource. 

 

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